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Hops and brewing: Marchfest (2nd of 2)

Hops and brewing: Marchfest

Eelco Boswijk (left) and Mic Dover, organisers of the Marchfest beer festival, enjoy a drink on the wing of an aeroplane at Founders Park, Nelson, in 2010. (Eelco is the son of Eelco Boswijk, who opened a cafe at the top of Trafalgar Street in 1960.) Marchfest is a celebration of craft brewing, which uses traditional brewing techniques and local ingredients. McCashin's Brewery in Stoke launched Nelson’s reputation for craft brewing in 1981, becoming so successful that the Mac's range of beers was bought by Lion Nathan in 1999. In 2010 around 15 craft breweries operated in the Nelson region.

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Horticulture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 1 Aug 2015